Post # 16
I had to order a dress 6 sizes larger than my regular dress size, and I got a ballgown. It sucks because I had to pay an extra $100, but I wear like 15 different sizes depending on the store, so I’ve stopped putting so much stock in sizing.
Post # 17
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
MeredithWacknik: Dress sizes mean nothing and even less in bridal lines, all that matters is you feel awesome in yourself.
Step 1. Forget about the size and concentrate on your lovely self in your lovely dress.
Step 2. Also bear in mind that when you talk about size 14/16 that way then other people reading this who are that size will potentially feel a bit sad. Know that sizing is cultural and arbitrary. Eg. I’m ‘plus size’ in my country, but not in yours… in fact Australian sizing is a lot like bridal sizing (US street + 2) except for when designers have been particularly brutal.
Step 3. Remember that this is probably the first dress you’ve ordered likely to be $1000+ with months of waiting! It makes sense to be cautious and order to your largest dimension because you don’t want it to come in a bit small on the hips or whatever. The stakes are higher, the investment is greater and it’s much easier to make a bigger dress smaller tha visavis. It will all make sense when your dress comes in and they start taking it in so that it can fit you, perfectly.
Step 4. Be proud of your efforts, proud of your body and proud of your dress! Nothing is as beautiful as a confident and happy woman. My mum got married this year in a size 16 dress, and she has never looked more amazing.
Post # 18
Trust me it pays to order a size up… I am normally size 4 and had to buy a 6 just to be sure… And I am glad as the 6 is a little on the smaller side… So I may have to drop a few pounds in next 5 weeks
Post # 19
I was a street size 6 and ordered a bridal 10 that fit perfectly. Size is just a number.
Post # 20
Bridal gowns can run very small. At the end of the day, it’s just a number and a number can’t define your worth.
Post # 21
I think bridal sizes are just UK/Australian sizes. I found they actually run large but it’s all just perspective. Try not to stress
Post # 22
I just wanted a dress that fit, I didn’t care about the number on the tag.
That being said, I did want to smack my grandmother when I told her the size I was getting and she said something along the lines of “Are you sure you don’t need a bigger size? That doesn’t seem right.” Thanks Gandma!
Post # 23
Im a street size 2-4, but was told to order size 8. It had to be taken in, but I was also surprised at the number. The bridal consultant comforted me and said don’t look at the number.
Post # 24
MeredithWacknik: Bridal sizes run a little different. Don’t be upset. Sometimes you may fit in one size but need to go up a little bigger for various reasons. Some girls have a little more junk in their trunk or other may be top heavy with a little waist. These dresses are made to fit perfect manikin that have no flaws so there is no way the dress will fit everyone perfectly. As long as you look good who cares! Plus the material they use is just different. Have you ever gone to a store where you are one size and then go to another and get the same size and the pants dont even make it past your hips. It’s not a big deal
Post # 25
Bridal sizes are generally old sizing that hasn’t fallen victim to “vanity sizing.”
If you’ve ever made your own clothing from a pattern it’s very similar. I’m a 16/18 street size, and a 24 with a pattern. I assume the dress I buy will probably have to be in the 24 range.
If you’ve ever heard the quote about Marilyn Monroe being a size 12? It’s not cause she was plus sized. It’s because sizing back then was different. In today’s vanity sized world she’d be a 4/6.
Post # 26
MeredithWacknik: I’m a size 6/8 (US) and had to buy a dress in a size 12 (US)! I’m not taking it to heart though, because sometimes I fit in a size 4 dress and sometimes I have to buy size 10 trousers. It all depends on the brand and the fit, and because my dress is a trumpet it had to fit my hips and then be taken in at my waist and slightly at my chest.
Post # 27
Was it that you needed a big size for your boobs i know mine are 40-42 so if wedding dresses are truer sized that could mean ordering a big size but in jeans i wear 26waist so compared to some women i am lucky i mean i am fatter than i want to be but il get back down to a 22 waist ideally but if my boobs got much smaller i wouldnt like that either just saying the dress number doesnt mean much you could be average size body but big bust and need a 14
Post # 28
I was a UK 12/US 8 when I bought my dress, and it was a 12/8 and fit perfectly. I then lost weight so had to have it taken in. I personally don’t care about sizing; I just buy what fits. I have clothes in a pretty wide range of sizes, from a UK 6/US 2 to a UK 12/US 8.
ThebotherThe other thing to remember with wedding dresses is that they will usually order to your biggest measurement; so, if you have a big bust, for eg, but your hips and waist are small, they will still have to order to accommodate your bust.
Post # 29
Uh oh… now I’m a little concerned. I ordered my dress yesterday and they measured me for a size 4… is that impossibly small, or something?? I usually wear a street size 4/6!!
Post # 30
bluebird17: depends on the brand, your store will know. i think a lot of the designers work on uk sizing, but not all.